Fukushima Fallout: Cancer Fears and Depression Plague Japanese Refugees

Fukushima Fallout: Cancer Fears and Depression Plague Japanese Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 09, 2012

Ever since the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima power plant, many Japanese people have been living with the fear of cancer. Experts find it difficult to estimate how many people will actually fall ill, but they're more concerned about the psychological consequences of the catastrophe. By Cinthia Briseño and Heike Sonnberger more...

Beyond the Sarcophagus: The Overwhelming Challenge of Containing Chernobyl

Beyond the Sarcophagus: The Overwhelming Challenge of Containing Chernobyl

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 26, 2011

Work on the new sarcophagus meant to contain Chernobyl's reactor 4 is a decade behind schedule. But significant problems will remain even once it is complete. For one, it is only meant to last for 100 years. For another, no one knows what to do with the vast quantities of radioactive waste left behind. By Benjamin Bidder more...

Remembering the Nuclear Winter: Ukraine Marks a Quarter Century Since Chernobyl

Remembering the Nuclear Winter: Ukraine Marks a Quarter Century Since Chernobyl

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 26, 2011

It has been 25 years since reactor 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded in the early morning hours of April 26, 1986. On Tuesday, Ukraine marked the disaster with religious services and memorial gatherings. A day earlier, thousands protested in Germany against nuclear energy. more...

A Day Trip with a Geiger Counter: Fukushima Disaster Boosts Chernobyl Tourism

A Day Trip with a Geiger Counter: Fukushima Disaster Boosts Chernobyl Tourism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 20, 2011

It may not be everyone's idea of a fun excursion, but increasing numbers of tourists are visiting the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The day trip package includes the use of a Geiger counter and lunch in the nuclear plant's canteen. By Benjamin Bidder in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone more... Comment ]

Greenpeace Attacks Donor Conference: 'How Many Chernobyls Can the World Afford?'

Greenpeace Attacks Donor Conference: 'How Many Chernobyls Can the World Afford?'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 20, 2011

The global community has pledged a half-billion euros at the donor conference in Kiev for a new sarcophagus to cover the ruins of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. Tobias Münchmeyer of Greenpeace argues the conference is only the beginning. The dangers of Chernobyl will be with us for thousands of years to come and will remain extremely expensive for Europe. more... Comment ]

Re-Evaluation of Radiation: Fukushima Joins Chernobyl on Nuclear Disaster Scale

Re-Evaluation of Radiation: Fukushima Joins Chernobyl on Nuclear Disaster Scale

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 12, 2011

Japanese officials on Tuesday increased the level of severity of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, placing it on a level with Chernobyl. Some have criticized the change, but an expansion of the no-go zone surrounding the plant underlines the likely long-term effects of the accident. more...

Atomic Deserts: A Survey of the World's Radioactive No-Go Zones

Atomic Deserts: A Survey of the World's Radioactive No-Go Zones

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 12, 2011

Everyone knows about Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and, now, Fukushima. But what about Semipalatinsk, Palomares and Kyshtym? The world is full of nuclear disaster zones -- showing just how dangerous the technology really is. By Michail Hengstenberg, Gesche Sager and Philine Gebhardt more...

American Peace Activist Jonathan Schell: 'Our Most Dangerous Illusion Is that We Can Control Nuclear Energy'

American Peace Activist Jonathan Schell: 'Our Most Dangerous Illusion Is that We Can Control Nuclear Energy'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 30, 2011

In a SPIEGEL interview, peace activist and author Jonathan Schell discusses the lessons of the Fukushima disaster, mankind's false impression that it can somehow safely produce electricity from the atom, and why he thinks the partial meltdown in Japan could mark a turning point for the world. more... Comment ]

Fukushima Fallout: How Dangerous Is Japan's Creeping Nuclear Disaster?

Fukushima Fallout: How Dangerous Is Japan's Creeping Nuclear Disaster?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 28, 2011

The destroyed reactors at Fukushima have been releasing radiation for weeks. According to model calculations, the stricken nuclear plant could already have released one-tenth of the amount of radiation unleashed in the Chernobyl disaster. How serious a risk does the disaster pose to humans? By Veronika Hackenbroch, Takako Maruga and Cordula Meyer more... Comment ]

'This Reactor Model Is No Good': Documents Show Politburo Skepticism of Chernobyl

'This Reactor Model Is No Good': Documents Show Politburo Skepticism of Chernobyl

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 24, 2011

Lies and deception were commonplace in the Soviet nuclear industry. Now Kremlin records which have been obtained by SPIEGEL reveal that Russian experts already had their doubts about the Chernobyl reactor before the 1986 disaster. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]